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  When Ripken First Took the Field

The streak began on May 30, 1982 when Orioles Manager Earl Weaver started Ripken at third base against the Toronto Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium. The day before, Floyd Rayford started in Cal's place at third base in the second games of a doubleheader against Toronto.

Ripken moved to shortstop for good on July 1, 1982, when the Orioles played the Cleveland Indians at Memorial Stadium. The last Oriole besides Ripken to start as shortstop was Lenn Sakata, who played there on June 30, 1982 against the Indians.

Here’s what the world was up to back then:

CAL RIPKEN'S HOROSCOPE FOR MAY 30, 1982

Virgo: Period of seclusion is temporary; cycle high and you'll soon “burst upon the scene.” Techniques are being perfected, procedures are being streamlined--you'll make the right move at the correct time. Places play an important role.

MOVIES IN THEATRES ON MAY 30, 1982

  • “Poltergeist”
  • “Rocky III”
  • “Conan the Barbarian”
  • “Porky’s”

IN THE NEWS ON MAY 30, 1982

  • British troops moved within 30 miles of of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands.
  • Mats Wilander, 17, upset Ivan Lendl at the French Open.
  • Rick Mears edged Gordon Johncock to win the Indianapolis 500.
  • A rookie cable network called MTV completed its first year.

BEST-SELLING HARDCOVER BOOK ON MAY 30, 1982
“The Parsifal Mosaic” by Robert Ludlum

HIGHEST-RATED SHOWS FROM 1981-82

  1. “Dallas”
  2. “60 Minutes”
  3. “The Jeffersons”
  4. “Three’s Company”
  5. “Alice”
  6. “The Dukes of Hazzard” (Tied for 6th)
  7. “Too Close for Comfort” (Tied for 6th)
  8. “ABC’s Monday Night Movie”
  9. “M*A*S*H”
  10. “One Day at a Time”

MOST POPULAR SONGS OF 1982

  1. “Physical,” Olivia Newton-John
  2. “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor
  3. “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  4. “Ebony&Ivory,” Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney
  5. “Centerfold,” J. Geils Band
  6. “Don’t You Want Me,” Human League
  7. “Jack and Diane,” John Cougar
  8. “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar
  9. “Abracadabra,” Steve Miller Band
  10. “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” Chicago

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